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Student Services


Our Mission: Student Services is committed to supporting the instructional process by identifying and eliminating barriers to learning, advocating for the needs of the whole child, and empowering all students to become lifelong learners in the 21st century.

The school social worker for Cashwell Elementary is:

Kenneth Washington

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Kenneth Washington

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals with a Bachelors or Master’s degree in social work. They are the link between the home, school and community. School social workers provide direct as well as indirect services to students, families and school personnel such as monitoring school attendance, promoting dropout prevention, consultation, information and referral, identification of at-risk students, and counseling. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.

The school counselor for Cashwell Elementary is:

Stephanie Matarese & Ava Pupuhi

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Stephanie Matarese

Available: Monday thru Friday

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Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a Master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address students’ cognitive, socio-emotional and career development needs by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. They also provide consultation, individual and group counseling, academic advisement. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution.


The Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Teacher is:

Shannon Blue

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Shannon Blue, AIG Teacher

Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

The Cumberland County School System is committed to the academic success of all students. Its mission states that all schools will be safe and caring and that student achievement will continually increase with no differences among subgroups.

In keeping with the mission of Cumberland County Schools, the Board of Education adopts the following North Carolina definition of giftedness:

Academically or intellectually gifted students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others or their age, experience, or environment; academically or intellectually gifted students exhibit high-performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Academically or intellectually gifted students require differentiated services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular education program. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups, across all economic strata and in all areas of human endeavor.

The Psychologist for Cashwell Elementary is:

Heather Ayers

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Heather Ayers, 2015 Cumberland County Schools Psychologist of Year

Available: Monday thru Friday

School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program. they provide assessment and testing of students for special services. Consultation for teachers. Counseling for students. In addition, they provide prevention, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and program modification for special learning and/or behavioral needs.



The School Speech-Language Pathologist for Cashwell Elementary is:

April Massengill and Jannette Mueller

Available: Monday thru Friday

When the need for evaluation has been determined and the parent(s) have signed consent for evaluation, we evaluate students using various different tests. We test for speech sound delays/disorders, language delays/disorders, and fluency disorders (stuttering) and we have even had students with voice disorders. But schools are not hospitals or rehab clinics. Speech impairments in the school setting have to have an “adverse educational effect.” For example, if a child presents with a lisp, he/she does not get services at school unless the lisp affects the child’s education. Most of the children we work with have serious speech delays or disorders which impact their education and their ability to access the general education curriculum.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for Cashwell Elementary is:

Wendy Soltero

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Wendy Soltero, ESL Teacher

Available: Monday thru Friday

ESL services are available to any student who is enrolled in a Cumberland County school (grades K-12) and who has been assessed and identified as limited English proficient. ESL teachers maintain an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) for all LEP students actively in the program. LEP students are mainstreamed in their regular classes most of the school day. ESL instruction is provided using the “pull-out” instructional model in grades K-5 and for one elective class daily in grades 6-12. Differentiated instruction allows the ESL teacher to create the best learning experiences possible and is essential in meeting the individual language and academic needs of LEP students. State-adopted textbooks and a variety of resources are available to LEP students.

The Cashwell School Nurse is:

Angela Thomason, RN

Available: Mondays

School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and health of students. School nurses facilitate health services such as immunizations, communicable disease control, vision and hearing screening and follow-up, health assessments, and referrals, and health counseling and information for students and families. School nurses actively collaborate with school personnel, students and parents to create health plans and to administer medication.


The Cashwell Elementary EC Case Manager is: 


EC Case Manager John Atanasio

Available: Monday thru Friday

Exceptional Children’s Personnel are responsible for providing information and assistance to school personnel who are responsible for assuring that all procedures that apply to students with disabilities are implemented according to the intent and letter of the law.  In addition, the staff provides training to school personnel on laws/policies and effective classroom practice. Exceptional Children’s Personnel also consults with parents who need information about specific disabilities, community resources, or have concerns about their child’s education.


The Cumberland County Schools Military Family & Youth Liason is:

Howard Lattimore

Phone Number: (910) 678-2433

The military family and youth liaison (MFYL) acts as a communication link between the installation and the school district in order to ease the transition for the military students. The MFYL coordinates and supports efforts to: assess needs, build awareness of resources, and connect those with needs to support solutions.


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Published by Kenneth Josef on September 26, 2017
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